From a very early age, I've always enjoyed technology, video games, and computers. One of my earliest memories is being in a department store where I spotted an arcade cabinet - Pole Position. For some reason, the flashing lights and sounds hypnotized me. I vividly remember my dad letting me "play" - mostly I sat on his lap and spun the steering wheel around while he managed the pedals. Since then, I've always seemed to gravitate towards anything related to tech.
In college, I got into Computer Science solely because of that title. I had no idea what it consisted of, other than I had to take a lot of math courses and I would specialize in computers. So it was pretty scary for me to take those first few programming courses. But after taking my first class, which was a simple introduction to programming, I instantly fell in love with the concept of software development and being able to create things. Since the world was starting to revolve around computers at that time, particularly with the Internet, I felt that there was no better career choice than that.
As soon as I graduated, I landed a development job in my home country of Puerto Rico. In 2008, I moved to New York City to work for a startup. I moved once again in 2010, this time to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I spent the next 5+ years working at different startups, including a brief stint working as a freelancer. In 2015 I got married to an incredible person, and we decided to live in her hometown, leading me to the country of Japan. Currently, I work remotely for a company based in the U.S.
I've been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to live in many different cities and experienced a variety of work environments. I've been the sole developer in a company, worked as part of a larger team of 50, and even worked on my own. The decision to pursue a career in technology is one decision I do not regret taking at all.